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First World War airmen's records released

Nearly 450,000 service records of Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force men have been released to mark the First World War's centenary.

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New £5 coin to feature British WW1 nurse Edith Cavell

A British nurse executed by the Germans during the First World War is to be featured on a new commemorative £5 coin. The Edith Cavell coin will form part of a commemorative set to be issued next year by the Royal Mint marking the centenary of the war.

Nurses and family of World War I nurse Edith Cavell. Credit: PA

Miss Cavell worked as a nurse in German-occupied Belgium where she helped save the lives of soldiers from both sides.She was shot by a German firing squad for helping Allied soldiers to escape across the border into the Netherlands.

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Biscuits from First World War to be auctioned

A pair of 100-year-old biscuits, which were issued to soldiers during the First World War, are to go under the hammer at Lockdales auctioneers in Martlesham, Suffolk.

The snacks have been preserved for nearly a century after being brought home by front line survivor Lieutenant Lionel Bruce Charles, who served with the 5th Battalion of the Queen's Regiment in Gallipoli and the Dardanelles in Turkey.

The bidding for the biscuits, which have survived some of the bloodiest battles of WWI, will start at £60.
The bidding for the biscuits, which have survived some of the bloodiest battles of WWI, will start at £60. Credit: SWNS

The bidding for the biscuits which have survived some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War will start at a modest £60.

Each of the biscuits have a label on them saying: "Biscuits used by troops in Sulva Bay" - the peninsula captured by British soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915.

"This 100th anniversary year since the start of The Great War makes all memorabilia from the period collectable," auction manager James Sadler said.

People power sees poppy crowd set new flower record

Thousands of pupils and military personnel have set a Guinness World Record for the largest human flower by creating a giant poppy to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

A total of 2,250 people formed the poppy at Farnborough Sixth Form College to surpass the previous record by 60 people. Credit: Lesley Everett
Pupils and staff at the college were joined by children from other schools and locals, including Gurkhas and military police officers. Credit: Lesley Everett

William climbs aboard WWI plane at aircraft museum

The Duke of Cambridge has climbed aboard a World War One aircraft at a museum in New Zealand on the second day of the royals tour Down Under.

Prince George was left behind with his nanny as Prince William and Kate braved a rainy day to visit a war memorial and aircraft museum.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart has tweeted:

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'Important as ever' young people remember WW1

It is as "important as ever" young people learn about WW1, which killed over 16 million and lead to the banning of chemical weapons on an international scale, a history expert has said.

Richard Overy, an editorial consultant on the book World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide, explained:

It is as important as ever that today's generation remembers the sacrifices made 100 years ago and these results show that there is still much to learn about World War I.

It would be interesting to see how different these responses are by the end of the anniversary year.

– Richard Overy

Read: Poll reveals poor understanding of World War One

Poll reveals poor understanding of World War One

Around one fifth of people do not know why the First World War started, according to a poll by publishers DK.

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2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Credit: PA

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Some 22% of the 2,314 people quizzed admitted they did not know the 1914 assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the catalyst for the four year long war.

Less than two in five (39%) knew that Britain entered the conflict due to a promise to defend Belgium, while just three in 10 (29%) knew that Lord Kitchener, Britain's Secretary of Sate for War died by drowning.

Asked which country did not take part in the war, out of a list of Japan, Portugal, Spain, the United States or none of these four, just under a fifth (19%) knew that it was Spain that remained neutral.

The poll was conducted by publishers DK to mark the launch of their new book World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide.

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WW1 soldier's family say he can finally rest in peace

The family of a World War One soldier, whose body has been found in France, say he can finally rest in peace, 100 years after his death.

Private John Brameld was one of ten men, serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment whose remains have been found close to a battlefield. Rachel Townsend reports.

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